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Country bumpkins road trip from Nashville to Dallas

Old Apr 28th, 2014, 02:53 AM
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Country bumpkins road trip from Nashville to Dallas

Hi all,
We are a couple of country bumpkins from Australia's who want to experience as much of the south as we can in 6 days. We love country music so a bit of time in Nashville is on the cards. We don't want to stick to the main roads and we would love to see some ranches/farms. Any advise will be greatly appreciated.
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1. There's nothing between Nashville and Memphis and the only way to get there is interstate.
2. Again, interstate to Little Rock. Stop and see the Bill Clinton library, and do a search for Little Rock there has got to be some info on what else to see.
3. Maybe you ought to keep on driving and stop in Broken Bow Oklahoma and rent a cabin. Enjoy the outdoors.
or you could detour to Hot Springs Arkansas. check it out
or detour to the Crystal Bridges Museum in Northern Arkansas. Fantastic if you are into art. and check out the Ozark Village. I can't think of the name of it, but there used to be a center which detailed life in the Ozarks. Don't know if it's still around.
dig for Diamonds at Crater Lake State Park
or keep driving into Oklahoma City and check out what's going on there and then drive to Dallas.
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If country music is your motive, maximize your time in Nashville.

Little Rock nor Dallas are great southern or country music cities. Nor is the drive very scenic.

Could you consider flying Southwest Airline from Nashville to New Orleans? New Orleans is a great southern destination for food and Dixieland Jazzs. You could take the plantation tour along River Road toward Baton Rouge.

Another hefty drive to consider is New Orleans to Austin. Austin is a music mecca. You can find ranches to tour or stay in the Austin area. You can also fly Southwest from New Orleans to Austin.

Fair warning that one way rental cars are becoming unaffordable or flat out unavailable in the U.S. If you are doing a drop, have your deal established in advance.
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If you are from Australia, try renting from rentalcars.com (used to be traveljigsaw) and they will include all the insurance you need. They are wholesalers and only rent from major rental car companies.
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With only six days, you'll have time for Nashville and probably one other place. So I really like the idea of flying somewhere else rather than driving - Southwest is a great choice, because Nashville is a hub for them.

Austin is fantastic, but in many ways similar to Nashville (besides, Texas isn't really "the South" - it's its own thing, and Austin is its own thing within Texas). That might be your best bet for ranches, though. One other thought: Southwest flies direct from Nashville to Charleston, SC now. Charleston is what many people think of when they think of the South - plantations, Civil War history, GREAT food, fun place to be. I'd think about doing some combination of Nashville and Charleston, unless the ranch is a must for you.
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Texas is the southwest. And Austin is Los Angeles imported into Texas.
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I know this is more than a year after this topic was discussed, but as I am going to do a camping/driving Dallas to Nashville trip, I ran across it. And, I have to say...was a bit disappointed in the advice to our Down Under adventuring friends! There's so much to do in an RV between Dallas & Nashville....where to begin!!

Go up north from Dallas (which has LIVE music every night of the week in very interesting, intimate venues that have served us for years: The Granada, The Kessler, Poor David's, Uncle Calvin's, Gilley's,...the list goes on and on...). Stay anywhere in the Quachita's, or eastern Okla...or across the border in Arkansas....Hug the Ozarks or Meander your way to Memphis (where there is more music greatness: Graceland...cheesy, but you gotta; Sun Records, Blues music anywhere...go downtown any night and have a blast).

On the way to Nashville, there are interesting places: Natchez Trace---final resting place of Meriwether Lewis, and check out the Isha Foundation;

Also, only a little more than an hour from Nashville is Mammoth Cave Nat'l Park

So anyway, I'm making the driving/camping trip this summer---will be a "hoot n' a holler!"
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I agree with most of your response to this revived post. I think there is plenty to see between Dallas and Memphis if you stay off the interstates. Memphis is a great music town and has great food as well. You can break the journey to Nashville in
Jackson, TN.

But if you follow your route (the good route) between Dallas and Nashville, you will be nowhere near the Natchez Trace, a good thing in my book as I found it among the most excruciatingly boring highways in the US.
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